Douglas L. Dunn

Douglas L. Dunn

I am a native born Tennessean, having been raised in Nashville and graduated from Overton high school in 1972. After graduation, I moved to Knoxville Tennessee to attend college and I am a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville for my undergraduate education and graduation in 1979 from George C. Taylor School of Law at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In 1976, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and after graduation from law school, I began active duty with the Marines. I was stationed with Headquarters Battalion, 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and I served on active duty from 1980 through 1983. On active duty, I attended and graduated from Naval Justice School in Newport Rhode Island. During active duty, I served for brief times as Trial Counsel (prosecutor), Review Officer and as Legal Services Officer providing general legal advice and services to Marines and their dependents (wills, powers of attorney, housing, debt issues, legal issues relating to the civilian community around the base, etc). However the majority of my active duty time was spent serving as Trial Defense Counsel for Marines accused of crimes at Special and General Courts Martial. While on active duty and just a few years out of law school, I was assigned to represent one of two Marines accused of a drug-related violent homicide and both were facing the death penalty if convicted as charged. As a result of thorough and tireless factual investigation, complicated legal maneuvering and many sleepless nights, the case was ultimately resolved with a negotiated plea agreement sparing my client the death penalty and sentencing him to a substantial term in Fort Leavenworth. At the conclusion of my active-duty obligation, I returned to Knoxville Tennessee, although I remained in the Marine Corps Reserves. I was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain in 1985.

Upon my return to Knoxville, I returned to private practice with two small law firms from 1983 through 1988. During that time I had a general practice that included substantial criminal defense work and appointed work in the criminal court system. I worked for the firm of Morrison, Morrison, Tyree and Dunn and over the years, as partners retired or left, I purchased their interests in the firm. In 2003, I changed the name of the firm to the Law Office of Douglas L Dunn PC. I now handle lawsuits involving bankruptcy related issues, debt collection, wills and estates, trusts and real estate matters. I handle lawsuits in all Knox County courts, United States Bankruptcy Court and United States District Court.  In addition to lawsuits, my practice includes all types of bankruptcy work (filing chapter 7 and 13 cases for individual consumers), representing creditors, preparing wills, estate planning, filing probate if necessary and drafting documents for those purposes. I have also represented a number of small companies in litigation of all types (suing on their behalf and also defending them) ranging from contracts to collection to employment matters and performing corporate legal services and providing advice to those companies. I also represent individuals injured in automobile in motor vehicle accidents. I perform a variety of legal services regarding real estate including real estate contracts, closings, document preparation, advice and services regarding financing. I no longer handle criminal matters and I do not handle any family law matters (divorce, custody, support).  For many years, I have been a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. I have not ever represented any insurance companies.

The single biggest factor that distinguishes me from other law firms and attorneys is the excellent personal attention and the close contact that I provide to my clients, many of whom are often going through the toughest of times. My job is to help my clients reach their goals and the outcome that they seek under the facts and circumstances of their case. I listen closely to what the client wants and I give them my best advice to try to accomplish their goals in their case and this continues throughout their case as the facts and circumstances might change. I believe that excellent personal service and attention to the client is the first priority and is the key requirement to have a successful outcome. Of course, I will use modern techniques of legal research, fact investigation and methods of communication with my clients but nothing replaces my individual attention and my personal contact with the client. I have a legal assistant and she does a phenomenal job assisting me and keeping my clients informed but it is ultimately my job to make sure the client is kept informed as I try to achieve their goals. 

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706 Walnut St, # 402, Knoxville, TN 37902
| Phone: (865) 546-5600

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